People expect politicians to lie and never fulfill their campaign promises. But this goes beyond what anyone thought possible.
And one US Senator was just implicated in this infamous robbery.
At least four gold bars discovered during a search of Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) residence by federal authorities are directly linked to one of the men suspected of bribing Menendez.
In 2013, businessman Fred Daibes filed a police report claiming he was the victim of an armed robbery and that the intruders stole $500,000 in cash and roughly two dozen gold bars from him.
The culprits were later apprehended by police, and Daibes’ property, including the gold bars, was returned to him.
The gold bars all had unique serial numbers that would never be replicated onto another gold bar, according to Daibes, who had to sign a certificate proving that the property was his.
“Each gold bar has its own serial number,” he told investigators at the time.
“They’re all stamped … you’ll never see two stamped the same way.”
Four of the gold bars discovered from Menendez’s residence shared serial numbers with four of the 22 gold bars taken and later returned to Daibes.
In the federal indictment, Daibes was charged with conspiracy to bribe Menendez and conspiracy to commit fraud.
According to the indictment, Menendez and his wife had a corrupt relationship with New Jersey businessmen Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes, who allegedly paid the senator hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.
The bribes, according to the DOJ, were designed to safeguard the merchants while also benefiting Egypt.
According to NBC legal commentator Danny Cevallas, “all of this spells bad news for Senator Menendez because the chain of custody – it appears – is going to be really easy to prove up.”
Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) called for Menendez’s expulsion from the Senate last week, following the expulsion of now-former Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from the House.
“Senator Menendez, he needs to go,” Fetterman said.
“And if you are going to expel Santos, how can you allow somebody like Menendez to remain in the Senate? And, you know, Santos is kind of, lies were almost, you know, funny. And like, you know, he, you know, landed on the moon and that kind of stuff.”
“Whereas, you know, I think, you know, Menendez, I think is really a senator for Egypt. You know, not New Jersey. So I really think he needs to go,” Fetterman said.
“He has the right for his day in court and all that, but he doesn’t have the right to have those kinds of votes and things that — that’s not a right. And I think we need to make that kind of decision to send him out.”
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